The LGB Alliance bizarrely suggests fighting transphobia is forcing bisexual people ‘back in the closet’
The LGB Alliance continue to misrepresent the vast majority of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, this time by claiming that an intolerance of transphobia equals biphobia.
The trans-exclusive group spoke out after a bisexual woman was kicked out of an LGBT+ bar for wearing an LGB Alliance t-shirt.
The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said she was approached by security staff at the Polo Lounge in Glasgow after a number of trans people complained of feeling threatened by the message on her t-shirt.
She was given he opportunity to turn the t-shirt inside out and was asked to leave when she refused.
“Clearly, lesbians, gays and bisexuals are no longer welcome in ‘LGBT+’ spaces,” she tweeted.
A young bisexual woman was just kicked out of @PoloGlasgow for wearing an @AllianceLGB t-shirt due to complaints from trans people. Clearly, lesbians, gays and bisexuals are no longer welcome in “LGBT+” spaces. #LGBAllianceScotland pic.twitter.com/pvMzhL8trI
— Nicole Jones (@satiricole) January 19, 2020
The LGB Alliance retweeted her video, adding: “Bisexual people, please read this and join our efforts at the #LGBAlliance. We are not going back into the closet!”
It added: “We’ll ask Polo Lounge whether it is its policy to exclude supporters of the LGB Alliance. We can’t imagine it is because it would be in breach of the Equality Act 2010.”
LGBT+ Twitter users were quick to point out the many flaws in the LGB Alliance’s claims.
As a bisexual person, screw you. She was not discriminated against for being bi, she was discriminated against for being transphobic. Bisexuals will never stand with you, but with our Trans family who are always welcome #BwiththeT #transrights
— Mischa Alexander (@AngryBiInASuit) January 19, 2020
At least get it right. She was kicked out of a trans-inclusive venue for wearing a trans-exclusionary T-shirt.
— Julie 🏳️🌈 Montoya 🕷️ (@JulieMontoya20) January 19, 2020
She was kicked out for being a transphobe and she wasn’t welcome there.
— Austin Spence🦆🏳️🌈🔬 (@austinrspence) January 19, 2020
Yes bisexuals, please consider joining the efforts of the ‘Alliance’ and you too can work with and help endorse “organisations”, like the one below, in erasing your lived experiences of biphobia pic.twitter.com/zw108ic8Ep
— Kris (@kris_hendry) January 19, 2020
“Bisexual people, read this and join us! All our supporters are straight and it’s getting a bit awkward!”
— Steven Perkins (@stevenperkins) January 19, 2020
As if any further convincing was necessary, “king of the transphobes” Graham Linehan threw his weight behind the woman, calling the decision to eject her “insane.”
This is insane. Insane. https://t.co/9Qe5juMO7F
— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) January 19, 2020
The furore is the latest in a long line of embarrassments for the LGB Alliance.
Last week the group released its first-ever pop song, “Stand Up”, to unanimously negative reviews and general bafflement.
Just before Christmas, it unveiled a new logo and branding, which many pointed out bore a strong resemblance to the straight pride flag.
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An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the woman in the video. This has been updated.